Police say an Atlantic City man posed as a female animal doctor, ran an illegal veterinary practice and set up a phony animal rescue agency that may have duped animal lovers out of thousands of dollars.
Vineland police arrested 32-year-old Daniel C. Tyce on Friday and charged him with practicing medicine without a license. He was being held in the Cumberland County Jail on $10,000 bail.
Police say he ran a business called South Jersey Small Animal Rescue, falsely identifying himself as Dr. Danielle Smith, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania veterinary school.
Police said he inoculated pets and offered small animals for adoption for a fee through the rescue agency. He also solicited donations, claiming the agency was a nonprofit. Authorities said it was not.
It was not immediately known if Tyce had retained a lawyer.